2018 BRICS Media Forum in South Africa

2018 BRICS Media Forum in South Africa
A decision to establish a BRICS Media Academy and a BRICS news portal was taken at the 2018 BRICS Media Forum at Cape Town in South Africa. The Forum, a high-level dialogue among media organizations from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, was held over 2 days under the theme — ‘Fostering an Inclusive, Just World Order’. The forum unanimously agreed to adopt the above declaration.

Raj, Haryana get notice over deforestation

NHRC issued notices to the Centre, Haryana, and Rajasthan government over the deforestation in the Aravalli hills. Media reports claimed that “massive deforestation” in the mountain range had led to “increasing dust storms and air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region”. Aravalli Range is a range of mountains running from Delhi and passing through Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Press Council of India reconstituted

The government has reconstituted the Press Council of India for a three-year term. According to the Press Council Act, the council shall consist of a chairman and 28 other members. The Press Council of India is a statutory body with a mandate to act as a watchdog to oversee the conduct of the print media. It was reconstituted for 3 years in October 2014 and its term ended in October 2017.

Sulabh founder awarded Nikkei Asia Prize

The founder of Sulabh International, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has been honoured with the Nikkei Asia Prize in Japan for his contribution to Asia’s development. Pathak is among the three who have been conferred with the award. Nikkei Inc., one of the largest media corporations in Japan, has been presenting the awards since 1996.

Asia Media Summit to be hosted by India

The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS) 2018 is being hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India from 10th-12th May 2018 in New Delhi. The AMS 2018, an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) Kuala Lumpur, is a prestigious summit in the Asia Pacific Region. The theme of the summit is “Telling Our Stories – Asia and More”.

India’s ranking in Press Freedom falls to 138

India’s ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138.Norway topped the list of having the world’s freest press for the second year in a row. North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and then China. The report is published annually by Reporters Without Borders, the Index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries.

Govt forms committee to regulate online media

The I&B Ministry has constituted a committee to frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites.The committee includes secretaries of Ministries of I&B, Electronics and IT, Home, Legal Affairs and Department of Industrial policy and promotion. The committee will also have representatives of the Press Council of India, News Broadcasters Association and Indian Broadcasters Federation.

Jio, Saavn to create digital music platform

Reliance Jio Director Akash Ambani, has signed an agreement for merging the digital music service Saavn with JioMusic to create a digital media platform with global reach. The total value of the deal will be over $1 billion. As part of the deal, additionally, Reliance will be acquiring a partial stake from the existing shareholders of Saavn for $104 million

enTTech 2018 inaugurated in Mumbai

India‘s biggest Media & Entertainment Services Market – enTTech 2018 was inaugurated in Mumbai. The market, spread over two days (March 7 – 8, 2018) will see fast matchmaking between 100 international delegates and their Indian counterparts. The event was organized by SEPC in association with MEAI and TVAGA and supported by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

Namaste Shalom, a magazine launched

Dr Jitendra Singh launched the social media of ?Namaste Shalom?, a magazine devoted to India-Israel relations. The festive occasion of Holi coincided with the Jewish festival of Purim. The magazine is edited by former MP Shri Tarun Vijay. Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr. Daniel Carmon and other dignitaries were also present.

Israeli PM Netanyahu named in bribery case

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has been named as the beneficiary of a PR scheme worth? up to a billion shekels?. Netanyahu allegedly benefitted from a deal struck between his former media adviser Nir Hefetz and communications giant Bezeq for positive coverage in return for ` 1,800 crore as bribe. The Israeli PM is already being investigated for two instances of corruption.

World Radio Day- 13 February

World Radio Day is observed annually on 13 February. The theme for WRD 2018 is “Radio and Sports”.The Day is organised globally by the UNESCO. The objectives of the Day is mainly to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio and to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio.

Uber ties up with BBM messenger

Uber Technologies has joined forces with BBM Messenger to allow users around the world to book rides via the messenger service.With this partnership, BBM users can quickly request an Uber ride via BBM despite variations in quality of location, network speed, or device features.The partnership agreement is with Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger.

Messi wins European Golden Shoe award

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season, in Barcelona. It is the fourth time Lionel Messi has received the Golden Shoe Award, drawing him even with Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders. The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspaper and magazines.

Tata AIA Life launches ‘Eazy Connect’

Private insurer Tata AIA Life announced the launch of ‘Eazy Connect’, that will extend online customer service to social media platforms. The chatbot will be available through social media platforms and is developed to respond to the most frequently asked queries. Eazy Connect Chatbot is an innovative offering and has been created to match customers’ fast-paced lives.

US Army stops use of Chinese-made drones

US Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology because of “cyber vulnerabilities” in the products. Army was ordered to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices. DJI is estimated to have secured around 70 percent of the global and consumer market for drones.

UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador

UNICEF has appointed Indian-origin Canadian YouTube Lilly Singh as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador. Lilly who has around 11.9 million subscribers on YouTube, will use her channel to showcase the organisation’s work and urge millions of her followers to work for children’s rights. She has also started a new initiative on social media #GirlLove – which aims to end girl-on-girl hate.

Ivanka promotes her new book

Ivanka Trump will continue to promote her new book on Twitter and Instagram. This comes weeks after President Donald Trump’s adviser and daughter pledged not to draw publicity through a promotional tour or media appearances. Ms. Trump raised eyebrows when she plugged the book, “Women Who Work”, to her millions of followers on social media.

Press freedom rankings

India slipped three places in the 2017 world press freedom rankings to 136th among 180 countries, the dismal performance blamed on “Modi’s nationalism” and growing “self-censorship” in the mainstream media. India was ranked just three places above Pakistan and was one notch below violence-torn Palestine. The report was released by Reporters without Borders.

Maldivian Civil Society Activist Killed

A well-known Maldivian civil activist for free speech and human rights, Yameen Rasheed has been stabbed to death. Rasheed was one of the most prolific social media activists in Maldives. He also ran a blog called, Daily Panic, where he used to write a satirical weekly round-up of happenings in the Indian ocean archipelago.

FIPB Clear FDI Proposals Worth ` 1187 cr

FIPB has approved six investment proposals, including that of Star Den Media Services & Idea Cellular Infrastructure Services, envisaging foreign investments of ` 1,186.5 crore. Of the total, Recipharm Participation BV of Netherlands alone will bring in investment of ` 950 crore. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) is headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

Mashable partners for local website

US news portal Mashable and have partnered to launch Mashable India, which will have a local editorial team to generate original domestic content. Mashable claims to have 42 million unique visitors a month and 21 million social media followers. is a joint venture of Penske Media Corp. (PMC) and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

T.M. Krishna honoured

Singer T.M. Krishna was conferred the fifth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal at the Music Academy on Sept. 15. Mallika Srinivasan, chairman of Tractors and Farm Equipments Limited, spoke of how the late Mrs. Sivasailam, an ardent lover carnatic music and a critic herself, often marvelled at the gnanam that Mr. Krishna had at an early age. “I recall the time when Krishna sent her the first copy of Margazhi Ragam for her review and she spent the last few weeks of her life both enjoying and responding to his request,” she said.

Crimea declares independence from Ukraine

As a first step towards joining Russia, the Parliament in pro-Russian Crimea declares independence from Ukraine.

Marconi Prize 2014

Mr. A.J. Paulraj, an NRI, wins the 2014 Marconi Prize, considered to be a tech ‘Nobel’, for revolutionising high-speed delivery of multimedia.

Short films on road safety to be launched soon

As part of its efforts to help prevent road accidents, the Automobile Association of south India (AASI) will release three short films to educate all sections of road-users. AASI president T.D. Sadasivam said of one lakh lives due to road accidents every year in the country, Tamil Nadu accounted for over 16,000 deaths. “These accidents can be prevented if road-users are properly sensitised. Responsible road behaviour and good practices can reduce incidents of road crash “ he said. Kandaswamy Bharatham, executive director, Kavithalayaa Productions, said a 30 minute documentary with the theme “Safety Begins with You” was for a general audience, while a musical targeted the youth and an animated film, “Ready Steady Slow’, was aimed at educating school students. The films will be formally released shortly at a function in the city. The AASI plans to distribute the animated film free of cost to all schools and the muscial to theatres and TV channels, said a release.

K.J. Yesudas honoured

Noted Carnatic Vocalist K.J. Yesudas was honoured at Tamil Isai Sangam. Speaking on the occasion, P.R. Gokulakrishnan president of the Sangam, said Mr. Yesudas started singing in the music festival of the sangam in 1979. Also, since 1989, he has been performing every year at the Tamil Isai Sangam an Dec. 28. This was the 25th year that Mr. Yesudas was rendering concert at the sangam, he said. On the occasion, Mr. Muthiah donated ` 1 crore to Tamil Music College run by Tamil Isai Sangam.

Offbeat films earn laurels at CIFF

Filmmaker Ram’s “Thanga Meenkal” that explored the relationship between a man and his daughter was named the best Tamil film of the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) at the closing ceremony held in Chennai “The film is an illustrious narration of a father’s commitment to his daughter and the glory of education in govt. schools”, a note by the festivals team of jury was read out, as Mr. Ram and his team of assistant directors, received the award citation, cash prize and a memento from the chief guest of the evening acclaimed Hindi filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao concert Hall in the city. ‘Haridas’, another film centred on the relationship between a man and his artistic son, directed by G.N.R. Kumaravelan, was named the second best Tamil film in the competition category. Mr. Kumaravelan and producer V. Ramadoss’s wife received the award.

Chennai International Film Festival get off to a glittering start

The Eleventh eidtion of the Chennai International Film Festival get off to a glittering start at a star-studded event in the city. It witnessed the coming together of iconic Tamil actor film-maker Kamal Hassan and Hindi film star and path-breaking television anchor, Amir Khan. To aqusion closing the gap between Tamil and world cinema, Mr. Haasan said the industry was in need of new writers, “There are books, but books will not make Cinema. Even Shakespeare will have to learn script-wirting. The Malayalam industry is making films from books. I became a writer by default.

Social media more effective in promoting Tamil literature

Even through thousands of titles in Tamil come out annually, many of which one of serious and creative works, one issue that has been bothering several writers is over the degree of attention being paid by the mainstream Tamil media, especially leading periodicals to such literary efforts. Sa. Kandasamy, Veteron Tamil writer and the Sahitya Akademi winner for 1998, says Tamil journals, which otherwise follow and capture trends in various fields such as travel, technology, self improvement and spiritualism apart from cinema, do not display adequate interest in serious literary writing.

From dictionaries to audio CDs

The Little Flower Company (Lifco), famous for its low priced dictionaries and spiritual books, released 30 audio CDs, including those on Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam, Desika Stothram, Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam. N. Murali, president of The Music Academy, said Lifco was a household name in the state. He wondered how the group managed without ever taking a loan in the 85 years of its existence and still continued to publish books at an affordable cost. The name had grown into an institution like a banyan and benefited hundreds and thousands of people. He said Lifco founder V. Krishnaswami Sarma was a visionary.

Oxford Dictionaries announce ‘selfie’ as the 2013 word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries announce the world, ‘selfie’ as the 2013 word of the year. Selfie is defined as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself’, typically one taken from smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

Bill to replace the Cinematograph Act, 1952

A committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal proposes a Bill to replace The Cinematograph Act, 1952, in its report submitted to the I&B Ministry.

Dakshinamurthi passes away

Music director V. Dakshinamurthi, who dominated the Malayalam film world and has to his credit a handful of immortal Tamil melodies, died in Chennai. He was 92. He had a strong foundation in carnatic music. Music maestro Ilayaraja who had assisted Dakshinamurti in many films, is known to refer to him as his guru. In Tamil, he scored music for only nine films. The songs such as Aandavan Illa Ulagam Yethu and Nallamanam Vazhga in Oru Oothapu Kan Chimitugirathu and Nanda Nee En Nila and Oru Kathal Samrajyam in Nanda En Nila continue to Measure rise the listeners.

100 years of Indian Cinema in U.K.

Filmmaker K. Asif’s 1960s epic ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ was crowned the greatest Bollywood film of all time by a poll celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in the UK.

3D theatre at govt. museum

The next 3D film the city’s residents watch, may not be at a conventional cinema hall. In about two months, the govt. museum, Egmore is set to open an exclusive theatre that will screen 3D films. The concept, already widely popular across the city’s cinema complexes, is being brought into the museum to attract more visitors. Once opened, it will be the first of its kind facility in a state museum. About 60 per cent of the work to establish the 3D theatre in the building housing the children’s museum has been completed so far. Though the science city complex in Kotturpuram has the facility to screen 3D films, the upcoming theatre at the museum will be a sophisticated air-conditioned facility. A source at the museum said that the project worth   40 lakh, also aims at renovating the children’s museum, and making it completely air-conditioned.

Muslim Organisation seek ban on film

Various Muslim organisations and political parties met the city police commissioner and saught a ban on Kamal Hassan-starrer ‘Vishwaroopam’, alleging that the film had portrayed Muslims and Islam in bad light. “There is a danger that the public may view any Muslim with a beard as a terrorist waiting for an opportunity to plant a bomb” said a senior leader of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and MLA of the Manithaneyam Makkal Katchi.

Chevalier dans honoured to Aishwarya

Bollywood star Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bahchan is honoured with the prestigious French honour, Chevalier dans [“Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the order of arts and letters) at a ceremony in Mumbai.

Filmmaker Yash Chopra passes away

Legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra, whose body of work includes such iconic films as Dhool Ka Phool, Waqt, Chandni, Lambe, etc., passes away at the age of 80.

Arasu invites operators to sign up for degital STBs

The State Govt run multi-system operator (MSO) Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd. invited local calls TV operators (LCOs) to register for digital set top boxes for their customers on an advance payment of     500 per box. The exact price of the digital set top box, which is set to become mandatory for watching cable TV in Chennai is not yet known, as Arasu Cable has only now floated tenders for procuring the boxes. The cable TV operators will have to pay the remainder of the cost once Arasu finalises its tender and begins procurement. Under the circumstances, the rollout of the digital services across the city seems unlikely at the Central Govt. set deadline of Oct. 31.

Dish TV to focus on semi-urban areas

Even as the governments effort to digitative the cable industry is dogged by delays due to assorted reasons, direct-to-home service provides Dish TV is now looking beyond the metros for its next wave of growth. The company, which recently bit the price-hike bullet to raise the average revenue per user (ARPU), accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the country’s 42 million strong direct-to-home (DTH) subscriber base “Basically, the four major metros are the present market which, as digitisation becomes a must, will become a replacement market, our thrust will, therefore, be in semi-urban areas and move onto a phase-II, phase-III and phase-IV towns. To strengthen our brand, we will be investing   120 crore above the line.

Sun TV to pay 2.50 interim

Sun TV Network has announced an interim divided of  2.50 per share of   5 face value. The company has reported a lower income of   438.98 crore in the first quarter ended June 30, 2012, against   471.28 crore in the year ago period, largely due to a fall in cable revenues in Tamil Nadu. Sun TV has posted a rise of 5 per cent in advertisement revenues to   242.82 crore from    235.52 crore in the previous quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Sun TV’s popular channels for Arasu subscribers soon

A bouquet of popular channels from the Sun TV Network will shortly be available to subscribers of the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTU). The final round of negotiations between the two sides was concluded. The TACTU Corporation will pay    3000 crore per year to the Sun TV Network. At present, it is providing the cable TV service in the state, excluding Chennai, with 100 channels, which includes free-to-air channels, pay channels and private local channels. As of now, the corporation has a tie-up with 111 pay channels, apart from 50 fee-to-air channels. The subscriber base is 55 lakhs. The Corporation is also taking stops to launch its services in the Chennai Metropolitan Area in digital mode, adds the official.